SVT have announced which acts will compete against each other in next weeks Andra Chansen round of Melodifestivalen.
Following the completion of the semi-final stage, the Andra Chansen (Second Chance) round of the Swedish selection for Eurovision will take place next week. Here are the 4 duels for the show:
• Andreas Johnson vs Anna Bergendahl
• Vlad Reiser vs Nano
• Martin Stenmarck vs Lisa Ajax
• Rebecka Karlsson vs Arvingarna
The winner of each duel will advance to the grand final.
The producers have placed a 3rd and 4th place finisher from each of the semi-finals against each other in the duels. Songs which competed in the same semi-final were not eligible to meet in a duel.
Andra Chansen will take place on March 2 in Nyköping. The final will follow on March 9 in Stockholm.
This year’s Melodifestivalen has four hosts: Eric Saade, Sarah-Dawn Finer, Kodojo Akolor and Marika Carlsson.
The winner of the contest will represent Sweden in Eurovision in Tel Aviv in May. They will succeed Benjamin Ingrosso with Dance You Off, who finished in 7th place in the 2018 contest in Lisbon. The producer of Melodifestivalen 2019, Christer Bjorkman, is reported to have said that he thinks at least four of the competing entries this year are capable of reaching the top 5 in Eurovision.
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Sweden debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 and has gone on to be one of the contest’s most successful countries. The country has won the contest six times, the most recent being in 2015. Sweden’s first victory came in 1974 when ABBA won the contest in Brighton with “Waterloo”. Since missing out on the final in 2010, Sweden has gone on to finish 3rd twice and has won the contest twice, only in 2013 did the country place outside of the top 10 in the final.